Five Rivers, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, was designed with an appreciation for its coastal location and with cost savings in mind. The 81-acre property serves to enhance the public’s connection to recreation, provide conservation education to area schools and visitors, and showcase the state’s commitment to stewardship of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and the Mobile Bay ecosystem.
Under a design contract with the State of Alabama, our affiliated company, Watermark Design Group, was charged with the architectural design of the public complex. Thompson Engineering provided engineering design including civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering, as well as surveying, permitting, and construction management.
The facility is large; cost savings were applied through the design of buildings, grounds, utilities requirements, energy management, and in the selection of construction materials. The nature center consists of an orientation center; floating canoe and kayak landing; 4,000 sq. ft. environmental education exhibit hall; grand reception hall with meeting space, exhibit area, kitchen facility, and powerboat dock; 90-seat surround sound theater and gift store; 4,000 sq. ft. modular classroom/workshop facility; office space for the State Lands Division, Coastal Section; and, walking trails, picnic shelters, and educational kiosks.